As is known to all, Registry is a critical part in Windows 10 and any other Windows system. Improper actions on Registry may directly cause system/program failure. That’s why you are advised to backup Windows 10 Registry before you edit it. What’s more, sometimes you also need to prevent others from accessing your Windows Registry Editor to accidently modify or delete Registry value, especially when you are using your computer in public, such as at school, or in the Office. Now if you want to disable access to Registry editor in Windows 10, this page will show you two ways.

Way 1: Disable access to Windows 10 Registry Editor via Group Policy Editor

This way doesn’t work on Windows 10 Home edition, because Windows Home edition have no Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 1: Press Win + R to bring out Run dialog. Then type regedit and click OK to open Local Group Policy Editor.

Type gpedit.msc in Run box

Step 2: Navigate to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System. Then on the right-side pane find Prevent access to registry editing tools and double click on it.

Double click on Prevent access to registry editing tools

Step 3: To disable access to Registry Editor, check the box next to Enabled, and then click Apply followed by OK. You don’t need to restart Windows 10 to put the settings into effect.

Check Enabled box

Then when anyone including yourself tries to open the Registry Editor, he will be blocked and be prompted with the message saying “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”.

error message

Way 2: Disable access to Windows 10 Registry Editor by Registry Editor

Step 1: Open Registry Editor. (Press Win + R to bring out Run dialog. Then type regedit and click OK. Click Yes if prompted with User Account Control dialog.)

Type regedit in Run box

Step 2: Navigate to HKEY_CURRECT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. Then you will see a “DisableRegistryTools” value on the right-side pane.

Tips: If you can’t find the System key under Policies entry, right click on Policies and select New -> Key to create a System key. Then right click on the right-side pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new value named “DisableRegistryTools”.

Step 3: Double click on DisableRegistryTools. Then set its value data to “1” and click OK.

set value to 1

Step 4: Close the Registry Editor. The Registry Editor has been disabled to prevent other’s access. Anyone who tries to access to Registry Editor will be stopped by the error message shown as below.

error message